Posted by Lois on Monday, March 10, 2008 at 9:38pm.
Is is "the two countries lay on opposite sides of the world" or "the two countries lie on opposite sides of the world"? I can't remember how to use those stupid lay/lie verbs. =( Thanks!
- English- grammar - Writeacher, Monday, March 10, 2008 at 9:50pm
"Lay" needs a direct object when it's in the present tense.
- English- grammar - Writeacher, Monday, March 10, 2008 at 9:51pm
Well, it could be "lay" if you mean that sentence in the past tense!! But if it's in present tense, use "lie."
- English- grammar - Ms. Sue, Monday, March 10, 2008 at 9:52pm
The lie/lay verbs are the most confusing in the English language. Within another generation or two, I expect that the usage will change and there will no longer be a difference.
In your sentence, the correct verb is LIE.
To refresh your memory,
LIE means to recline or exist.
The two countries LIE on other sides of the world.
Yesterday I LAY down for a few hours.
I have LAIN down and napped for a few minutes each day.
LAY means to put.
I will LAY the scissors on the counter.
Yesterday I LAID my keys on the dresser.
I have LAID my keys somewhere and can't find them.
- English- grammar - Lois, Monday, March 10, 2008 at 9:53pm
Thank you =)
- English- grammar - Ms. Sue, Monday, March 10, 2008 at 9:59pm
You're very welcome. :-)
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